The weekly “little of this, little of that” feature here at Like Mother, Like Daughter!
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I am happy to offer our readers a giveaway of two copies of Leila Miller and Trent Horn’s Made This Way: How to Prepare Kids to Face Today’s Tough Moral Issues.
Most advice is wrong when it comes to explaining sexual morality to children — even advice from Catholics. Most people want you to tell your young children about all the immoral things people do, from abortion to mutilation, and then tell them why it’s all wrong but we can’t judge.
I’ve spent a lot of time here explaining how detrimental this approach is — how it was never used by our forbears in faith and ought not to be used now, when it clearly is not working, but harming children instead.
So I was not sure about this book. I was worried!
I feel like I am the lone voice telling you that your children deserve from you innocence and a chance to develop without interference from adult problems — that it’s your challenge to protect them from evil and things that would disturb their growth, just as we would hasten to protect a tender seedling from a sudden frost. We know a plant will be blighted, with no hope from recovery, if left to the elements too soon. But somehow we’ve been lied to and begin to believe that children’s moral development will survive disturbance.
We’ve shifted the burden onto the child.
I’m relieved that on the contrary, Leila Miller and Trent Horn have written a book that helps parents understand their responsibilities and gives them first the background, then the words, to fulfill them.
I also love that Leila (she’s Lay-la, I’m Lye-la!) offers her own experience raising her children to adulthood. We need that. She says all the things I’d say, and offers plenty of anecdotes about how she doesn’t hesitate to get her kids out of a dangerous situation when needed.
You’ll learn solid things about Church teaching on moral questions and you’ll learn what to say to small children and what to say to older children. It’s a book to give to your sister-in-law or your wavering friend.
So leave a comment here for a chance to win one of the two we”ll be giving away!
If you’ve read the book, please leave a review on Amazon — that will be helpful to bring it to the attention of people who are searching for just this sort of thing. You can leave 5 stars and simply say “great book!” or you can leave a long review — up to you!
On to our links!
- I know that interest in celebrating Martinmas (November 11 — also — and not merely coincidentally! Veterans’ Day) has grown along with Waldorf schooling*, and that’s understandable! It’s so appealing for children to have a lantern procession along with a charming story of charity — a soldier who, for love of God, is renowned for cutting his Roman military cloak in half to give it to a naked beggar – Christ in disguise.
*not that I endorse Waldorf, which has a surface appeal but is deeply misguided — just remarking on how this particular tradition came to be revived.
I have been asked on several occasions about music for the celebration and especially for the procession. I’m hardly any kind of expert, but I came across two hymns that I think would be great — if we start learning them now, we should have them memorized by November 11! The first is the traditional ancient hymn for a saint, Iste Confessor. Here is the Gregorian Chant. Here is a transcendent rendition of the Scarlatti setting by The Sixteen:
- If you have trouble breastfeeding your baby, or know someone who does seem to be struggling, know that there is a lot of information. You might have to dig for it, but it’s there. Breastfeeding — at the breast, as opposed to how many interpret it, feeding breast milk from a bottle — is important for many reasons. One is proper formation of the mouth. This can be complicated by deformities of the tongue that make latching and feeding difficult, and then you run across people who try to tell you to compensate for oddities in various ways, when maybe surgery is really required. I came across this medical article and thought I’d share it with you (thanks to whoever on Facebook shared it!): Compensations for Tongue/Lip Tie.
- Homeschooling goals: A math notebook from a farm boy in England in the 18th century — beautiful calligraphy and chickens in pants. Here are images that you can download; here’s another report on the find.
From the archives:
- My posts on nursing the baby (important reasons why you need to nurse your baby — in the old-fashioned sense — even if you bottle feed, as well as lots of tips about breastfeeding).
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